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If You Could Live Anywhere

Posted March 29, 2007

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Please share.

Let me share my personal travel fantasy. When I retire (many years away!) I would like to spend an entire year in a number of different places. Vacations are nice but a week in one place is never enough to capture an area's true flavor complete with quirks, hidden jewels and the ebb and flow of life.

I have always dreamed of surviving a brutal but beautiful winter in a Rocky Mountains cabin. Vermont for a year is also on my must list. After seeing the many awe inspiring parks of Utah I would love to spend a year buzzing around the Beehive State. Hawaii is a place I didn't want to visit but once I got there I was convinced it was paradise. I'd love to hopscotch around for a year on those beautfiul string of islands especially Kauai.

Foreign destinations are just as enchanting. Give me a year in the Scottish Highlands and I'll bring you back two albums of new Celtic music. The French countryside also intrigues me with its idyllic villages, wonderful wines and creative cuisine. The Lord of the Ring triology has convinced me that I must spend a year in New Zealand and explore the hauntingly beautiful mountains and coastline.

North Carolina has its own trove of travel fantasies. You've heard some of my favorites: Ocracoke, Roan Mountain, Montreat, Beaufort, Edenton, Asheville and Alleghany County just to name a few.

How about you? Where would you like to live for a year?

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  • tarbaby Apr 5, 2007

    St. John, USVI, for starters. We were there on our honeymoon and absolutely fell in love with it. Then I'd move on to France, England, Italy, Greece. Return to for a year long RV trek through the US and return back home to NC and settle in Ocean Isle or Sunset Beach.

  • Riverracer Apr 3, 2007

    Banner Elk - no doubt about it.

  • jdlewis76 Apr 1, 2007

    I love Alleghany County. My fiancee is from Sparta, and we go there to see her family (and my dog) quite a bit. I live in Tarboro and have a column in the local paper, and I talk about Sparta a lot to try and introduce the East to the West. I keep hoping we'll run into you there sometime.

  • no more - no less Mar 29, 2007

    Ocean Isle Beach
    Shallotte
    Bald Head Island
    Southport

  • TPanther775 Mar 29, 2007

    Santa Marta, Colombia. The city where my wife is from. The time I went I loved it. It's so laid-back and it's always warm well hot there. The people I met very nice. And my wife's family the greatest. Most Americans need to learn from these people about family values. But I still love my home state of North Carolina. Lots of places I would like to live at here. The State of Virginia, I also would like to live at.

  • retChief Mar 29, 2007

    Key West for starters..............Anywhere temp doesnt goes under 70.......play golf all the time

    But I like calling NC HOME

  • carolinamissy Mar 29, 2007

    I would love to live in Maggie Valley, NC or Pigieon Forge, TN. I spent many happy summers camping there as a child and would love to return someday.

  • mlbangel81 Mar 29, 2007

    Alleghany County!! I would love to sit back and watch my daughter play on the banks of the creek and see the excitement on her face when she spots a ground hog, a deer, or wild turkey. Her Grandfather got us addicted to the area and we have some cherished memories there.

  • Celt Mar 29, 2007

    You know me, Bill. If I had my way, I would take my family and go to Ireland. Give me my bodhran, a peat fire, and a sod house somewhere in a Gaeltacht on the western shore--I would be in heaven. Maybe you guys could visit us from Alba on some snowy winter's evening and we could jam together! Garry

  • CestLaVie Mar 29, 2007

    Sorry - I meant Manitou Springs or Woodland Park, Colorado.

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